FireSmart in Mission


What is FireSmart? Mission Fire Rescue Service follows the principles of the FireSmart BC and FireSmart Canada programs. Our goal is to help educate homeowners on how to prepare for a wildfire through FireSmart initiatives. These initiatives are built upon solid scientific research and are proven to protect communities and structures from wildfires. The responsibility to be protected from wildfires is shared between homeowners, neighborhoods, communities, and all levels of government.

Question:  I want to FireSmart my property by removing vegetation around structures, can I burn the debris?

Answer:  Following a FREE FireSmart property assessment by our staff, a Community Wildfire Protection permit may be issued which will allow you to burn the debris. A member from MFRS will assess potential wildfire hazards on your house and property and provide recommendations on how to mitigate them. Free FireSmart property assessments are available to residents of Mission.

Book your free assessment today!


Home Ignition Zone – Think About the Embers

The Home Ignition Zone extends 100 meters away from the home and is comprised of five separate zones. These zones include the Home, the Non-Combustible Zone, Priority Zone 1, Priority Zone 2, and Priority Zone 3.  By applying FireSmart initiatives in each of the above-mentioned zones you will greatly improve the chances of your home and property surviving a wildfire event.

It’s important to note that it’s not always the leading edge of a wildfire that causes structure loss. Studies show that wind-blown embers from nearby wildfires are a significant mechanism of fire spread within the wildland urban interface.


FireSmart Neighborhood Recognition Program – Become a FireSmart Champion

FireSmart is most effective when neighbors band together. If your neighbourhood, subdivision or community is at-risk of a wildfire, then you can get FireSmart recognition status by meeting the following criteria:

  • Enlisting a Local FireSmart Representative to complete an assessment and create a plan that identifies locally agreed-upon solutions that the neighbourhood can implement.
  • Sponsoring a local Neighbourhood FireSmart Committee, which maintains the FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan and tracks its progress or status.
  • Conducting FireSmart events each year that are dedicated to a local FireSmart project.
  • Investing a minimum of $2 per capita annually in local FireSmart Neighbourhood efforts.
  • Submitting an annual report to FireSmart Canada that documents continuing compliance with the program.


Tips and Tricks to help you FireSmart your home and property

Clean fallen leaves, needles, and other organic debris from your roof and gutters. Wind driven embers can easily ignite these materials which can spread to your house.

  • Store firewood at least 10m away from your house.
  • Keep your lawn maintained to 10cm or less in length
  • Book a FREE FireSmart assessment for your house and property. A qualified FireSmart professional will provide education on potential wildfire hazards and strategies on how to reduce hazards.



Additional Resources

 FireSmart Home Assessment Scorecard

Homeowners Manual

Landscaping Hub

FireSmart Emergency Planning



People have always lived with the threat of fire – urban fires, wildfires, and interface fires. Urban fires cause thousands of fatalities and billions of dollars of property damage each year. Wildfires destroy forests, but result in few fatalities. Fires between urban and wild areas, known as interface fires, are an emerging risk as more people live on the fringe of urban centres, away from established urban fire protection.

Wildfires are uncontrolled flames in woodlands, brush, or open fields. Lightning and people cause most of these fires. Wildfires increase in intensity when it is dry and winds are strong. There is higher probability of wildfires during a drought. Fires diminish and burn out naturally when confronted by rainfall, favourable winds, healthy vegetation and/or firebreaks (where there is little fuel to burn).

Interface fires are a growing hazard. More people are now living on the fringe of urban centres, beyond the reach of urban fire protection systems.  Their buildings are vulnerable to most of the fire threats found in urban centres, as well as to the threat of wildfires. Interface fire risks are increasingly being integrated into wild fire risk management programs. Public education is also critical in persuading property owners to assume greater responsibility for this risk.  Fires can occur at any time of year. Some simple steps will improve your home’s resistance to fires of any kind.

If you live in a forested area, you need to be ready – get prepared. By planning fire protection we share the responsibility of saving life and property!

The Home Itself

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on each level of your home.
  • Cover attic and sub-floor vents with noncombustible screening (mesh size no greater than 50 mm).
  • Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your home because it can catch fire from wind-blown sparks. If you are building a new home or re-roofing your existing house, use roof covering material with a Class A fire-resistive rating.
  • Limit the size and number of windows that face large areas of vegetation. The heat from a wildfire can ignite the furnishings inside your home through these windows.
  • Install tempered glass or multi-layered glazed panels in exterior walls, glass doors and sky-lights, or install solid exterior shutters.

Outside Your Home

Create a zone of non-combustible material around your house that will slow down a fire and possibly direct it around your home. To do this, you must view your yard as a fuel source. Fire will only burn if fuel is present. Fuel can include your landscaping, woodpiles, decks, etc.

To create your survivable space, take the following steps within 10 m of your home (in heavily treed areas 15 m; 30 m if your home is on a hillside):

  • Remove all dry grass, brush, leaves and dead or dying trees from within at least 30 m of your home.
  • Plant native, fire-resistant vegetation whenever possible.
  • Space trees and shrubs at least 3 m apart.
  • Reduce the number of trees in heavily wooded areas.
  • For trees taller than 5 m, prune lower branches within 2 m of the ground to keep ground fires from spreading into treetops. Shrubs planted under trees should be no more than 45 cm high.
  • Remove dead branches overhanging your roof, and all branches within 3 m of chimneys.
  • Enclose the underside of balconies and above-ground decks with fire-resistant or noncombustible materials.
  • Cover chimneys serving fireplaces with noncombustible screening with a mesh size no greater than 50 mm.
  • Store firewood at least 15 m from any structure.
  • Clearly mark emergency water sources and maintain easy access to them.
  • Maintain an insulated emergency water supply within 300 m of your home.
  • Mow your lawn regularly and dispose promptly of cuttings and debris.
  • Clear your roof, gutters, and eaves of debris.
  • Do not connect wooden fencing directly to your home.
  • Make sure that the street number of your house is clearly visible from the road.

For more information and resources, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.